DOB: 12 April 1981
Debut: Round 2, 2000 against Kangaroos at MCG
Last Game: Round 22, 2009 against St. Kilda at MCG
From: North Heidelberg/Northern Knights, Selection #20, 1999 National Draft
Number: 31 (2000-2009)
Sandringham premiership player - 2006
Life Member - 2009
Statistical Categories Lead
Equal most uncontested possessions in a game : 33 - Round 20, 2008
A former Reserves top-up player for Collingwood (four games) and North Melbourne (one game), Wheatley attracted Melbourne's attention with his performances in the 1999 Under-18 national championships. They used an early draft pick on him at the end of 1999, and he played 12 games in his rookie season. Wheatley missed finals due to a late-season hamstring injury. The next year he played another 16, and a further 18 in 2002, despite another hamstring injury costing him six weeks.
Renowned as one of the longest kicks in the competition, Wheatley kicked the first 9 point goal in pre-season cup history, and went on to an MFC leading six in his career. His 2003 season was short on other highlights, as he played just five games while battling form issues and two separate hamstring injuries. Wheatley returned as a regular in 2004 and 2005 but was back down to seven games in 2006, a year in which he played in the Sandringham premiership side.
Wheatley left Melbourne at the end of 2009, after playing just three games for the season. He played for Palmerston in the Northern Territory, and was a playing assistant coach at Port Fairy in 2011.
|Round 16, 2002||Wrestling||$1200 fine|
|Round 20, 2002||Charging||Not Guilty|
|Round 16, 2006||Melee||$1500 fine|
9 Point Goals
Australian Football Wiki profile
melbfc.com.au profile - 2001